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Classical Sprouts: BONUS! Rachel And The Violin

Rachel Barton Pine's violin - Guarnerius "Ex-soldat"
Rachel Barton Pine plays this violin, Giuseppe Guarnerius' "ex-Soldat."

Rachel Barton Pine says for her, one instrument is enough.

"I'm interested in everything that has to do with the violin and nothing that doesn't," Pine says. "The only thing I wanted to do was play things that were like the violin, whether it was a medieval ancestor of the violin, a cousin of the violin like the viola d'amore, the electric violin."

When she was 10 years old and already practicing seven hours a day, Pine says even her grandmother's efforts to teach her to crochet resulted in, literally, more violins.

"As soon as I figured out the mathematical principles of how shapes are created with the yarn, I invented a pattern for a crocheted violin and that's all I ever made after that."

Listen to our full episode on Rachel Barton Pine to find out more about this violin-loving virtuoso!

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Classical Sprouts is produced by Emily Duncan Wilson. Kacie Brown is the digital content manager.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson produces the Classical Sprouts podcast.